To Beer or not to Beer

Santorini Traveler - - EDITORIAL - ED­I­TOR Ma­ri­etta Pa­p­athana­siou

You are now in San­torini, one of the most beau­ti­ful is­lands in the world. The sun is warm, you’ve swum in the Aegean, you can feel the breeze in your hair, ev­ery­thing is al­most per­fect, but some­thing is miss­ing… a glass of lo­cal wine. Or maybe a freez­ing cold beer! How about try­ing a Greek one for a change?

Yel­low don­key

Yel­low don­key is pro­duced by a brew­ery in San­torini which opened its doors in 2011. It is blonde, slightly bit­ter and has cit­rus taste, which makes it ideal for a day on the beach! There are three other kinds of “Lagered Ales” as they are de­scribed: Red Don­key, Crazy Don­key and White Don­key.


Septem mi­cro­brew­ery was founded in 2009 in Evia. In Latin, its name means “seven”, the num­ber that rep­re­sents cre­ation as it pro­duces one beer for every day of the week. Septem aims in pro­duc­ing unique, un­pas­teur­ized beer, and it’s mak­ing a great job so far! It has been awarded mul­ti­ple times in in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions, in­clud­ing the gold medal in In­ter­na­tional Beer Chal­lenge for “Sun­day’s Honey Golden Ale“in 2012 and gold metal at Brus­sels Beer Chal­lenge in 2012 for “Red Ale Mary Rose”. It is not very easy to find, but in case you do you should def­i­nitely try “Fri­day’s Pale Ale”. Cheers!


Nis­sos beers are pro­duced in Ti­nos, an­other small is­land in the Cy­clades. The Cy­clades Mi­cro­brew­ery on Ti­nos opened its gates in 2012. You can have your choice out of only three la­bels: “Nis­sos Pil­sner”, which was awarded a sil­ver medal in Euro­pean Beer Star com­pe­ti­tion in 2014, “Nis­sos Or­ganic All-day” brewed with or­ganic bar­ley malt and the “7 Beau­fort, Strong Dark Pil­sner”, a ro­bust beer with 7% al­co­hol.

Vol­can beer

An­other beer made in San­torini, with lo­cal honey and cit­rus from Naxos is­land. It comes in four types: blonde, black, white and grey, all with 5% al­co­hol.

56 isles beer

Made in Paros, the 56 isles beer hit the mar­ket in 2016 and it is made of bar­ley grown on the is­land. It is named in honor of all the 56 isles of the Cy­clades.

Del­phi beer

Made in Elixi Mi­cro­brew­ery, Del­phi beer is a blonde, dou­ble fer­mented beer char­ac­ter­ized by its par­tic­u­larly aro­matic taste and has won

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